Several people missing in China as typhoon rains trigger mudslide

More than two dozen people were missing in China's eastern Zhejiang province after torrential rains from Typhoon Megi triggered a large mudslide that buried dozens of homes on Wednesday, local media reported.

Rescue workers were digging through the devastation in the village of Sucun in hopes of finding some of the 27 missing people, the Xinhua news agency reported.

A landslide killed one person in neighbouring Fujian province after Megi made landfall earlier Wednesday, bringing with it heavy rains and windspeeds reaching up to 118 kilometres per hour.

Television images showed people wading knee-deep through the streets of Fujian's capital Fuzhou and emergency workers using inflatable rafts to rescue others who had been stranded by the high waters.

Megi, the third typhoon to strike the region in two weeks, arrived in China after bearing down on eastern Taiwan with 198 kilometre-per-hour winds and torrential rains on Tuesday.

Officials from Taiwan's Central Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) said that the typhoon's assault killed four people and injured 664. It also forced the evacuation of over 15,400 people.

Premier Lin Chuan expressed admiration for the thousands of disaster workers for "reducing the scope of harm to the smallest possible level."

"Fortunately, we were able to avoid large-scale landslides, floods or destruction to bridges or roads," Lin said.

The heaviest rainfall in Taiwan was recorded in Taipingshan in northeast Yilan County with 1,109 millimetres, but levels of over 800 millimetres were recorded in mountainous Kaohsing and Tainan in south Taiwan.

Downed trees blocked roads in the capital Taipei and numerous intersections remained flooded.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs reported that 676,000 households still lacked electricity and over 1,800 households lacked water.

A total of 159 international and 233 domestic flights were cancelled or delayed by the typhoon Wednesday, officials said. All high-speed and most ordinary rail services were once again operating.

However, ferry services were still suspended, leaving nearly 900 tourists stranded on offshore islands, but should be restored Thursday, a CEOC spokesman told dpa.

Last update: Wed, 28/09/2016 - 18:12

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